Urban-Rural Linkages

Composite Google Earth images of urban-rural linkages, from left to right Chengdu, Portland, Sydney (Sara Padgett Kjaersgaard).

Work Group Leaders:

Yizhao Yang, School of Planning, University of Oregon | yizhao@uoregon.edu
Anne Taufen, University of Washington, Tacoma | atw5@uw.edu
Sara Padgett Kjaersgaard, Faculty of Built Environment, University of New South Wales, Sydney | s.padgettkjaersgaard@unsw.edu.au


Urban-Rural linkages are defined by the United Nations as “nonlinear, diverse urban-rural interactions and linkages across space within an urban-rural continuum, including flows of people, goods, capital and information but also between sectors and activities such as agriculture, services and manufacturing.” We will work with the Transitions in Urban Waterfronts group in 2020, to explore the intersections of regional political, biological, economic, and planning boundaries, with the production of port city sites and spaces. This workgroup sets its scope of work to include several important research areas identified by the UN-Habitat’s potential entry points for strengthening urban-rural linkages (UN-Habitat 2019). These areas include:

  1. Regional and territorial planning for an integrated urban and rural development, with a particular focus on spatial planning that uses an ecological and landscape approach to shape urban-rural continuum while reducing the environmental impact on rural-urban convergences.
  2. Enhancing legislation, governance and capacity via partnerships between urban and rural Areas, including government collaboration and public-private partnership in regional planning to support flows of people, goods, and resources among big central cities, towns, and rural settlements for rural-urban co-benefits.
  3. Inclusive investment and finance in both urban and rural Areas, especially equity-driven policies and investment strategies in areas such as housing and infrastructure aimed at reducing urban-rural disparities and supporting urban-rural co-development in economic, social, and cultural spheres.

This working group aligns with several of the SDG’s including 2 (Zero Hunger), 3 (Good Health and Wellbeing), 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), 13 (Climate Action) and 15 (Life on Land). Equally, the United Nations 2017 report “Implementing the New Urban Agenda by Strengthening Urban-Rural Linkages – Leave No One And No Space Behind” identifies urban-rural linkages as a key component of the New Urban Agenda (2016). It is from this position that the research group situates itself in working towards a better urban future.

Relevant SDGs:

Goal 2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
Goal 3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages Goal
Goal 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
Goal 13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
Goal 15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

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Expression of Interest to Join a Working Group



Key Dates

• Expressions of interest for Working Groups to be submitted by:
Monday, 31 August 2020
Wednesday 30 September 2020

• PhD papers submission due on: Sunday, 6 September 2020
Wednesday 30 September 2020

• Early birds registrations close on: Monday, 9 November 2020

• Standard registrations close on: Friday, 11 December 2020

Please note that all key dates are in New Zealand Daylight Time (UTC+12).

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